Fad diets all promise rapid success but the results are shortlived. The dieter soon goes into starvation mode and regains the lost weight. Here are some fad diets:
- Tapeworm diet: Brave souls would swallow tapeworm cyst pills, so that tapeworms grow and mature inside their intestines,eating all food products until the dieter’s goal weight is reached. The tapeworm is then excreted with the aid of an anti-parasite pill. Tapeworm can cause a whole mess of health issues, like diarrhea, vomiting, headaches and even epilepsy.
- Hollywood diet: Extreme low-calorie diets like this can be dangerous, especially when followed for more than a couple of days. This diet puts your body into starvation mode, and most of the weight loss you experience in the first few days will be water weight.
- Lemonade diet: As this consists only of water, lemon juice, cayenne pepper and maple syrup, you’ll lose some water weight but not for long. The likelihood is that you’ll gain all the weight back and more once you go back to eating solid food.
All these are dangerous and can’t work in long run. Understand that food is a basic human need. Always avoid:
- Any diet that you never had before in your life.
- Any intense exercise that you never did before in your life.
- Skipping meals, especially breakfast
- Any drastic change in lifestyle.
- Any medicine to lose weight.
- Crash diets: GM diet is very popular. It gives initial success, but can’t work in long run.
- Any so-called healthy but tasteless food
- Any physical activity (exercise) that you don’t find enjoyable.
- Run every day: This is the quickest way to joint replacement surgery for beginners.
- Eating less with no specifics. This is the main cause people develop eating disorders, starve themselves and get into starvation mode where body simply drops muscle and lean mass but does not burn fat.
- Ban salt and sodium: And then comes the electrolyte imbalances, dehydration, lack of energy etc. The correct form would be reducing intake, just a little bit.
- Cheat meal: This meal usually contains the amount of calories a person burned during the week.
- Go lift heavy and do crazy Olympic lifting first time in the gym: A shortcut to the hospital for beginners. A correct thing would be to have a session or two with trainer first in order to get into the right form.
- ‘Follow a <insert diet name>’: Dieting in itself is a no go. No template diet is made for YOU. You need to know specific food which works with your physiology and which make you feel bad and cause weight loss.
Weightloss has to be done very slowly, gradually, lovingly. Convince your body and mind slowly, positively.